The GO Girls have teamed up with Dorset County Hospital in their efforts in the fight against cervical cancer. They have launched a cervical screening campaign as a way of enlightening women on the menace. It’s aimed at increasing the number of females going for early cervical screening tests.
The Cervical Cancer Prevention Week will be observed the whole of this week from Monday, 21st of January, to Sunday. Young women around the age of 20 years old are advised to go for the screening tests. According to Charity, a gynaecologist, people have continued to ignore the deaths caused by cervical cancer.
Why should young women go for early cervical cancer screening?
According to the chair of GO Girls, Hilary Maxwell, the smear tests have saved so many lives of young women who have been diagnosed with cervical cancer. The diagnoses are followed by proper treatment of the disease.
The smear tests are aimed at the prevention of cervical cancer by detecting cancer before it develops to advanced stages. Detection of cervical cancer is easily treated if detected at early stages.
Despite having a good number of women going for the screening tests, one of four women are avoiding the smear tests, hence risking their lives. Around 3,200 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer annually in Dorset and get treatments immediately. Many people fail to turn up for the screening because they are afraid of being found positive.
Does HPV vaccines protect against Cervical cancer?
Some women argue that they will not go for smear tests since they have been vaccinated with HPV. However, HPV vaccine can’t protect you from getting cancer of the cervix. The HPV vaccine protects girls from only two abnormalities; HPV 16 and HPV 18, but the rest of the abnormalities are not covered. Thus, it’s not advisable to take the risk by failing to have the smear tests.